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Lincecum, Volquez, Uggla, and Berkman; Oh My!

Have you made too many trips to the medicine cabinet this
baseball season.

  If you have, you’re not
alone.

  Between Prince’s lack of beef,
and Carlos Beltran’s ability to put up worse numbers at the plate and on the
field than Ryan Church I might as well have a migraine for weeks.

  Oh, and let’s not get started on Justin
Verlander’s 5.61 earned run average!

 
Yes, the start of the 2008 season has been nothing short of wacky, but
within that wackiness there are a few stars that have stood out.

  The question now is: Can they continue to
stand out for the remainder of the season?

With no offense, a severely overpaid, disappointing left
handed pitcher named Zito, and another pitcher named Cain who is sixth on the team
in home runs with two, the San Francisco Giants are a team of oddities.

  Wait, it gets better!

  Did you know that the Giants are third in the
NL West standings ahead of both the

Rockies and
Padres?

  Why?  It’s simple; Tim Lincecum.

 
Lincecum has been hot out of the gates, and is finally starting to show
glimpses of what Giants scouts and coaches saw in him when they brought him up
to the big league level last season at the young age of 23.

  Lincecum has struck out 69 batters in just 62
innings pitched, has an ERA of 2.17, and has won six of the nine games he’s
started.

  His best stat is his 1.23 ERA
on the road against the likes of the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Phillies; all
teams who have scored at least 225 runs or more for the season.

  As a whole Lincecum owners should be very
pleased with his numbers, but beware because as good as he is and has been, he
still lacks the experience needed to be a lock down fantasy starting
pitcher.

What a trade!

  When the Rangers sent
Edinson Volquez to the Reds for Josh Hamilton fantasy owners everywhere found
themselves drooling, but it wasn’t over Volquez, who to date is probably the
best overall starting pitcher in fantasy baseball.

  Not to take anything away from Josh Hamilton,
who leads the league in runs batted in (51), but the Reds definitely received
the better end of this deal.

  Why?

  Volquez is a seven game winner, who has
struck out 62 batters in 54 innings, has allowed just two homeruns all season,
and has a league best 1.33 ERA.

  The only
thing fantasy owners should be concerned about is his 103.3 pitches per game
number; 11 more per game than his average from last season.

  Overall, Volquez has been one of the few
bright spots for the Reds and will continue to be for as long as his arm stays
intact.

 

The Florida Marlins have been a team that has heavily relied
on prospects as evident of the every year dissecting that takes place to go
along with the lack of attendance at Dolphin Stadium.

  Having said that the Marlins may be sitting
on gold, and I’m not talking about the recently paid (there’s relief) Hanley
Ramirez.

  Dan Uggla has been red hot in
the month of May hitting a saucy .435, with ten homeruns, nine doubles, and 20
runs batted in.

  And when he hasn’t been
hitting the cover off the baseball he has been striking out; 19 times to be
exact.

  Uggla is a pure power hitter, and
when he’s on, he’s on, but he lacks consistency and his production is destined to
take a dip.

  Trade him now before it’s
too late.

  He’s a streaky player, and
right now he’s playing his best baseball, but it won’t be long until he comes
back down to earth.

  And no, the Marlins
are not sitting on gold!

Finally, let’s talk about perhaps the only All-Star worthy
first baseman in the National League at this point of the season, Lance Berkman.

  The hot hitting Berkman has really raised his
game and is probably on pace for his most productive season yet.

  He leads the league in homeruns (16), is
second to only Chipper Jones in batting average for players with at least 50
at-bats or more (.382), and has the most total bases in all of baseball (132).
Berkman has been spectacular thus far in 2008, leaving fantasy owners wondering
why players like Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, and Derek Lee were drafted before
him.

  For a more in-depth look see the
stat comparison below.

 

Player

Avg

Hits

2B

HR

RBI

Hitless
games (3 ABs or more)

Errors

Lance
Berkman

[.382]

66

16

16

44

5

0

Prince
Fielder

[.258]

42

10

6

24

15

5

Derek
Lee

[.301]

58

13

11

32

12

5

Ryan
Howard

[.195]

34

5

12

29

15

4

*All stats are as of 5/21, and are courtesy of

MLB.com.

The most surprising stat has to be the number of errors
Berkman has committed compared to other three listed.

  It’s the age old saying: “Defense wins
championships.”

  In Berkman’s case his
lights out defense is probably one of the main reasons why he has been playing
so well as a whole, and of all the players listed here Berkman may be the only one
left standing in the same spot when the 2008 season comes to a close.

Now, take a deep breath, hold on to your Fielder (maybe he’ll get traded to an AL team), and trade Uggla, Volquez, and Lincecum for any player named Braun, Webb, or maybe even Pujols.  Chew on that for a while!

Thanks for reading!

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